Learning via mnemonic pictures: Analysis of the presidential process

Joel R. Levin, Beverly J. Dretzke, Christine B. McCormick, Thomas E. Scruggs, Julia E. McGivern, Margo A. Mastropieri

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In three experiments, junior high school students learned the numerical order of 14 U.S. presidents according to either a complex mnemonic strategy or their own techniques. Reliable performancepattern differences between the two groups were detected, both in the presence and absence of overall level-of-recall differences. Chief among the pattern differences were the classic serial-position profiles produced by control subjects, but not by those using mnemonic strategies, and the slower response times (suggesting a more complex retrieval process) of subjects using mnemonic strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Communication & Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1983
Externally publishedYes


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